Kansas Wesleyan University Policies

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Disclaimer

The Kansas Wesleyan University 2011-12 official annual catalog is available online at www.kwu.edu.  It is a statement of present policies only as of the publication date.  Information in this catalog is as accurate as possible at the time of compilation.  Kansas Wesleyan University reserves the right to amend, add to, or delete any or all policies, procedures, and requirements, including tuition, fees, and charges that are published in this catalog.

Other university policies and regulations may be located in the Student Handbook and through other materials available on the website or otherwise distributed to students which describe current applications or changes in policy.

Privacy and disclosure of Student Records

Kansas Wesleyan University is committed to complying with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

Certain student information has been determined as public information under the terms of the act.  This may include release of name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in university sports and activities, weight and height of athletic team members, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received and previous educational institutions attended.  (A more complete description of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be found in the Student Development Office.)   

Non-Discrimination

Kansas Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, handicap, age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation/preference, national or ethnic origin, nor veteran status in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its educational programs and activities, as specified by federal laws and regulations.  Kansas Wesleyan University’s Equal Opportunity Officer, who coordinates compliance with these various laws and regulations, is the Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Campus Diversity

Background

Kansas Wesleyan University is a community of people from diverse backgrounds committed to providing equal access for all community members to learn and work together regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation/preference, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability, or veteran status.  As a place for the active examination and exchange of ideas, Kansas Wesleyan University strives to maintain a climate of justice marked by mutual respect for each other.  We are committed to the highest standards of civility and decency, and we are committed to promoting and supporting a community where all people can work, learn, and live together in an atmosphere free of abusive or demeaning treatment.

Policy

KWU is not a place for threats or intimidation of others on any basis.  KWU rejects acts of discrimination or harassment based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, and political beliefs.  The University encourages faculty, staff, and students to report any behavior which targets individuals or groups based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation/preference, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability, or veteran status. 

All reported incidents of alleged violations of this policy will be investigated according to University procedure.  Violations could result in disciplinary measures.

Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act

Kansas Wesleyan University is in compliance with the Equity in Athletic Disclosure Act of 1994, Section 360B of Public Law 103-382.  Information required in this act is available for inspection in the Enrollment & Financial Services Office by students, prospective students, or the public.

Disability Services

It is the policy of Kansas Wesleyan University to provide all students with access to the benefits of services in admission, registration, counseling, and instruction. In order to receive the needed assistance, an individual with a diagnosed disability must inform the University of the disability through official documentation.  For information on assistance with physical accessibility to facilities contact the Vice President for Finance and Administration (785-827-5541, ext. 1222, or e-mail kwaynes@kwu.edu).  For information on assistance with learning in the classroom, contact the Director of the Student Success Center (785-827-5541 ext. 4160 or e-mail jennifer.barrett@kwu.edu). In order to be provided with reasonable accommodations, students with special needs and disabilities must identify themselves privately to the Director of the Student Success Center, ext. 4160 in the Memorial Library, during or prior to the first week of classes.

Examples of services that may be offered include the following:

  • The University policy provides for retrieval of authorized library, admission, registration, counseling, and instructional materials for any student who, because of limited mobility, is unable to readily access such material.
  • The Enrollment & Financial Services Office will move classes for students whose mobility is limited to accessible rooms.  This includes, but is not limited to: wheelchair bound students, students who need ambulatory assistance, or students with heart conditions (as required by a physician).
  • Advisors, faculty, and other offices of the University not on ground level or accessible by elevator, will consult in prearranged locations with disabled students or prospective students.
  • The University library will offer personal retrieval assistance for books and periodicals for mobility-impaired or sight-disabled students.
  • For students with auditory disabilities, the University will authorize, in conjunction with social service agencies, classroom accessibility to paid or volunteer sign language interpreters.
  • For students with visual impairment, the University will, in conjunction with social service agencies, provide classroom accessibility to paid or volunteer note takers and/or readers.  The University will authorize, in consultation with individual faculty members, and with respect to relevant copyright laws, permission for audio tape recordings of lectures.
  • The University is able to provide limited services to learning disabled students.  Available services include some tutorials, reading and writing skills assistance, taping lectures and textbooks, and modified testing.

Drug Free Schools and Communities Act

Kansas Wesleyan University strongly supports the provisions of The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226).

The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students or employees on the property of Kansas Wesleyan University or as part of any of the activities of the University is strictly prohibited.

Sexual Misconduct and Unlawfull Harassment Policy

Kansas Wesleyan University is committed to having a positive learning and working environment for its students and employees, and will not tolerate sexual misconduct (which includes sexual violence or unwanted sexual physical contact) nor will it tolerate unlawful harassment, which would include, among other things, requests for sexual favors, unwanted physical contact, visual displays of degrading sexual images, sexually suggestive conduct, or offensive remarks of a sexual nature.

Sexual misconduct and unlawful harassment are a violation of federal and state laws, and therefore will not be tolerated.  In addition, consensual relationships between faculty or staff and students, or between employees and supervisors are problematic, and should generally be avoided.   The power differential inherent in such relationships may render any apparent consent void and create grounds for an unlawful harassment complaint.

Individuals who believe that they are the victims of sexual misconduct or unlawful harassment are encouraged to step forward and file either an informal or formal complaint with the Executive Vice-President/Provost or the Director of Student Development.  An informal complaint may be in either verbal or written form, and is for the purpose of providing a way for the behavior to stop without formal disciplinary action.  A formal complaint may be initiated by filing a signed, written complaint, which will be promptly investigated by the Director of Student Development or the Executive Vice-President/Provost, and forwarded to the appropriate judiciary body for a ruling.  Kansas Wesleyan bars attorneys from all formal proceedings, including the judiciary hearing.   Retaliation against anyone reporting sexual misconduct or unlawful harassment, or someone who is a witness or otherwise involved, is prohibited.

Students and employees should consult the full text of the Kansas Wesleyan University Policy on Sexual Misconduct and Unlawful Harassment, which may be found on the college website or in the office of the General Counsel of Kansas Wesleyan University.  This formal policy takes precedence over any and all other statements of policy relating to sexual misconduct or unlawful harassment.